Launch: Advanced Manufacturing and Strategic Industries Forum

James Riley
Editorial Director

Federal manufacturing tsar Senator Tim Ayres and NSW Liberal Senator Dave Sharma will lead the policy discussion on Advanced Manufacturing and Strategic Industries as part of The Industry Papers’ first live forum in Sydney on July 25.

The Industry Papers [LIVE] Advanced Manufacturing and Strategic Industries forum is focused unashamedly on Australia’s deep tech aspirants, the companies that are building the new to the world technologies that will underpin emerging industries of strategic importance.

Mainstream discussions about manufacturing in Australia have skewed toward the oily-rag end of production, with a focus on welding ships rather than the design and fabrication of chips.

The Industry Papers forums are more focused on issues that enable deep tech capability development in areas of national strategic priority. The Advanced Manufacturing and Strategic Industries event, part of The Industry Papers series, will open up this discussion.

At a time when the Albanese government has emphasised a ‘Future Made in Australia’, this event highlights the capability bright spots in manufacturing that can scale and seeks to identify areas of strategic needs that require attention.

The Industry Papers [LIVE] Advanced Manufacturing and Strategic Industries forum is brought to Sydney through partnerships with Sydney University Faculty of Science, the NSW government’s Semiconductor Sector Service Bureau (S3B), and Innofocus Photonics Technology.

Confirmed speakers for the Sydney event include:

  • Senator Tim Ayres, Assistant Minister for Trade and Assistant Minister for Manufacturing
  • Senator Dave Sharma, NSW Liberal Senator and former Ambassador to Israel
  • Andre Luiten, CEO, QuantX Labs
  • Nadia Court, Director, Semiconductor Sector Service Bureau (S3B)
  • David Cookson, Commercial Technical Consultant, ANSTO
  • James Walker, Chair, BluGlass
  • Frank Yao, Founder & CEO, Innofocus Photonics Technology
  • Michael Withford, Node Director, Optofab, Co-founder, Modular Photonics
  • Ines Lizaur, Head of Manufacturing Panel, Vow
  • Dani Haj-Moussa, Investor, Main Sequence Ventures

The Industry Papers series includes four deep tech forums held across four cities. The series culminates in the September launch of The Industry Papers, an 80-page, 65,000 word tabloid newspaper filled with policy ideas for an ambitious future.

The Industry Papers follows the successful launch of last year’s The Capability Papers, and 2022’s The Innovation Papers.

The Industry Papers [LIVE] Advanced Manufacturing and Strategic Industries forum is an important event in the development of government policy, with its focus on building Australia’s sovereign quantum capability and building on fabless semiconductor expertise.

The Sydney event includes deep dive sessions on topics that include:

  • Quantum computing and quantum sensing: building new industries
  • From fabless semiconductor expertise to a foundry future?
  • Material science expertise: Our manufacturing competitive advantage
  • Nanofabrication and photonics
  • The future of our National Facilities and cooperative growth

More speakers will be added to the program in the coming days, putting a spotlight on some of Australia’s most ambitious policy thinkers and brightest deep tech entrepreneurs.

This event is for companies pushing the boundaries of Australian capability. It is for the entrepreneurs and venture finance executives who are driving new strategic industries. And it is for the policymakers and public servants supporting them.

The Industry Papers project and the series of forums that drive the ideas a huge part of the annual calendar and is our contribution to the national ambition.

Your can secure your seat at the Sydney forum here.

Do you know more? Contact James Riley via Email.

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